Year End Round-Up: Top Tracks

2014 was a pretty nice year in music.  There were several albums that I was hotly anticipating that disappointed me, but there were even more albums that came out of no where and completely surprised me.  My year end round up will span a couple posts, and in it, I’ll cover my ten favorite albums of the year, my favorite album of the year, albums that disappointed me, and my favorite songs/singles of the year.  This post is all about my favorite songs/singles of the year.  So, here we go.


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Album Review: Long Live The King – King Shelter

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King Shelter is the California based project of Florida native Taylor Hecocks.  I heard of them through one of my friends at college who was friends with Taylor, and he urged me to check out his EP he released last December.  I did so, and honestly, I wasn’t impressed at all.  The EP wore it’s influences on it’s sleeve, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s just that it wasn’t nearly as good as it’s influences.  The King Shelter I heard on the EP was nothing more than a Youth Lagoon cover band, and not a good one at that.   Read More…

Album Review: The World Is Well Lost – Vaadat Charigim

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This past spring, I took my first deep dive into the shoegaze genre of music.  I still don’t really know how it came to pass.  I looked through my “starred” playlist on Spotify, but it didn’t show much progression.  One minute I’m listening to Jon Hopkins, and the next I was jamming out to Slowdive’s Souvlaki (an incredible album, I’d highly recommend anyone interested in getting into shoegaze to listen to it).  I don’t remember having any conversations about Slowdive or shoegaze either.  Oh well, that doesn’t matter anyway. Read More…

Album Review: Range of Light – S. Carey

SCarey_CW03.jpgRange of Light is the newest album from multi-instrumentalist Sean Carey, who is most known for as the percussionist and supporting vocalist for Bon Iver.  For those who enjoyed his previous solo effort, All We GrowRange of Light provides much of the same; gorgeous harmonies, a wide variety of instruments and sounds, and excellent mixing.   Each song is very well crafted and is incredibly easy to listen to.  I’m on my ump-teenth listening of Range of Light, and I’m still finding new harmonies or little details about the songs. Read More…

Album Reviews

Eh, I think I’ll start doing some album reviews.  Nothing too in depth or fancy; just what I think of an album, followed by a numerical rating (it’ll be in the same vein of Anthony Fantano’s style, i.e. strong, light).  I might include favorite tracks and least favorite tracks.  Who knows.  I may not even post anything, because I’m so dang busy.

Anyways, here’s what each number rating roughly means:

  • 1: I did not like this album at all.  There were absolutely no redeeming qualities about it.
  • 2 – 4: Didn’t particularly enjoy the album.  There might have been some songs I liked, but they were far and few.
  • 5 – 6: Middle of the road album.  I probably liked about half the songs.
  • 7: Pretty enjoyable album.  A majority of the songs were enjoyable, and the bad ones weren’t terrible.
  • 8: Very solid album.  Maybe one or two songs I didn’t like, tops.  Immediately puts it into contention for my top 10 albums of the year.
  • 9: Darn near perfect.  Every single song on this album is fantastic, including the ones that aren’t as good.  Pretty rare score.  Put into contention for top 10 albums and potentially album of the year.
  • 10: Essentially perfect.  Every song is incredible, and order of the tracks has a very good flow.  Everything about the album is incredible.  Put into contention for top 10 albums, and album of the year.  Potentially one of my favorite albums of all time.

Yeah, that’s it.  As it stands, I think I only have one or two 10 albums.  Maybe I’ll do reviews of those ones.

Watch, it’ll be at least a month until I do a review.

Knee Deep – A Short Film

This is a short film my friends Andrew Davalos and Andrew Davis and I made for a class.  I play the man using his phone.  It was the first time working with Andrew Davis, and I was blown away by the way he saw things, and how he knew just what he wanted and how to get it.  I look forward to working with him in the future.

Also, here’s a poster I made for it.  I used the program ArtStudio on my tablet.

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So the Pacers traded Danny Granger…

p1_granger-051209Yeah, I’m a bit late on providing insight or my opinion on this subject seeing as this trade happened a week ago, but I haven’t taken the time to write about it until now.  Anyways, onto my thoughts.

As a basketball move, and making the Pacers a better team now and in the future, this is a great trade.  I love this move.  It’s on the same level as the Leandro Barbosa trade two years ago (except in that trade we didn’t give anyone up, we just sent cash to Toronto).  Danny, unfortunately, doesn’t look like the same player that led us in scoring the past several years, and Larry Bird realized that and shipped him out.  Evan Turner, on the other hand, is averaging around 17 points per game with the 76ers (granted, this could be inflated seeing as the 76ers play at the league’s fastest pace), and is not coming off of knee surgery.  Danny Granger is 30 years old,Evan Turner is 25.  Yes, historically, Danny is a better three point shooter, but that’s about the only edge he has on Turner currently.  Big upgrade off the bench for the Pacers, and another desperate attempt to tank by the 76ers (seeing as the traded their starting center Spencer Hawes to the Cavaliers for essentially no one).Also, I see this trade as insurance in case a certain absolutely insane, yet very productive shooting guard decides to sign elsewhere during free agency this summer.  I’m referring to the always humble, Lance Stephenson, of course, who is playing out of his mind, and potentially out of our pay range, this season.  Lance is an unrestricted free agent after this season, which means he can sign with whomever he pleases.  He says he wants to stay with the Pacers, and I’m sure Larry Bird (who took a huge risk drafting Stephenson in 2010 and groomed him into the player he is today) will do whatever he can to keep Lance.  I mean, he traded Danny Granger, who was drafted by the Pacers and has been here his whole career, to show folks that he wasn’t planning on resigning him because he wanted Lance.  Larry will do all that he can to keep Lance.  But if Lance goes elsewhere, Evan Turner is a restricted free agent, which means the Pacers can match any offer from another team to keep Turner.  Turner is not the same player as Lance; Lance is better defensively, he’s a better three point shooter, and he’s much more aggressive.  But Turner isn’t a huge step down, and he’s certainly better than anything else we might get in free agency if Lance leaves.But when I look at this trade as a longtime Pacer fan and supporter of Danny Granger (people have always, ALWAYS been clamoring for Danny to be traded, saying he wasn’t really that good as we thought he was), I absolutely hate this trade.  Low blow from the Pacers organization.  They trade the guy who stuck with us during the years following the fallout from the Brawl, when our team was terrible because we traded away our talented problem children for upstanding citizens that couldn’t play basketball.  He resigns with us instead of going elsewhere to have a shot at the playoffs.  He stuck with us during the bad times, and just when things were going well, just when the Pacers have a legitimate shot at the championship, we trade him.  It leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

Not only did we trade Granger to the 76ers, the 76ers then buyout the remainder of his contract, and release him.  It’s really unfortunate the turn Danny’s career has taken in the past year.  Hampered by injuries for the past two seasons, replaced by Paul George and Stephenson, coming back and not being able to perform at the level he used to, being traded from your draft team, and now being released by the team you were traded to.  On the bright side, at least this means Danny will get to play for a playoff contender, as the Clippers, Spurs, Thunder, Rockets, and Heat are among teams showing interest.  I just hope he doesn’t sign with the Heat.  Part of me says it wouldn’t happen, but you never know.  I really hope he goes to the Spurs.  I think he’d fit in great there.

There’s just one more thing I’d like to say;

Thanks, Danny.